When thinking of opening your own business abroad, it’s easy to underestimate the financial and emotional impact, the bureaucratic obstacles and the necessary market research that go into it. Below, we offer a brief round-up of things to consider when you open your own business in a foreign country.
Quite a few women don’t relocate for their own career, but follow a husband or partner on an assignment. As a "trailing spouse", you take care of the family while putting your own plans on the backburner – not always an easy or rewarding job. Find out what it entails and how to keep your cool as an expat wife.
Obtaining a visa is often the biggest hurdle expats have to take before moving abroad. And the visa interview can be particularly daunting. InterNations member Iryna has some great advice on how to prepare your visa application and survive your visa interview.
Going back home can be difficult for both you and your family. Not only do you have to deal with reverse culture shock, you may also be met with disbelief and confusion. With our help, you will learn how to deal with reverse culture shock as well as your relatives and friends when going back home.
Your move back home after spending quite some time abroad may turn into a stressful endeavor. Sorting out the paperwork and taking care of other matters can make repatriation one hell of a job. But don’t worry! The InterNations repatriation checklist will make your move back home a piece of cake.
Only 13% of expats worldwide don’t speak the local language in their country of residence at all. Acquiring the required language skills isn’t always easy, though. If you are looking for a challenge, here are five languages rated as serious tongue twisters by the respondents of our Expat Insider 2017 survey.
Matters of international taxation can involve twice as many pitfalls as your usual tax return. Plenty of expatriates shy away from this issue with good reason. But if you start dealing with taxes for expats before you actually move, you’ll save plenty of time later on – and perhaps some money, too!
Self-employment remains a popular alternative to traditional expat assignments. It is the dream of many expats to open a successful business overseas. However, being a self-employed expat involves a lot of preparation, paperwork and financial know-how.
Moving abroad can change a person and their relationship to family and friends back home. InterNations member Gabrielle has taken a closer look at how an expat life influences relationships, when it makes sense to make it work and when it is time to let go.
Are you a stay-at-home dad or an LGBT expat couple moving to a socially conservative country? Following your partner overseas is difficult, sometimes more so if the partnership is unconventional. InterNations highlights some difficulties which you might face on your assignment abroad.
Being a mother can be a challenge even without the ups and downs of expat life. However, living abroad can also make you a more resilient parent. InterNations member Micaela explains how expat life can shape you and help you become a stronger mom.
In a recent article, Global Expat Quenby Wilcox described trailing spouses as “the unsung heroes of an international relocation”. I agree! Finding the right job in a new context requires time, perseverance, self-esteem, and patience. What is very difficult is to remain resilient and to remember that trailing spouses have acquired real valuable skills that can be transferred to many markets.
Getting to know the local people and culture while living abroad is important but sometimes maintaining expat friendships with people from your home country can really be an advantage. InterNations member Karina recounts how staying in touch with other Columbian expats helped her feel at home abroad.
Knowing and understanding the unwritten rules of international business culture is important, whether you’re on a business trip or working abroad as an expat. The InterNations Expat Magazine summarizes a few key aspects of global business etiquette for you.
"It is really fun getting to know the Mascarene Islands together with other expatriates who also joined InterNations. "
"I am so glad that my wife and I could get in touch with other Austrian expats -- not only on Mauritius, but all over the world. "